WTCR @ Ningbo
all in China
The MRacing-YMR team made
a clean sweep in the WTCR event at Ningbo International Speedpark,
claiming two pole positions and three race victories over the two days.
With these results, the team’s drivers, reinforced their positions amidst
the title contenders, although fellow Hyundai colleague Gabriele Tarquini
of BRC Racing has retained the leadership in the standings.
Double pole sitter Thed Björk won races 1 and 3, moving up to second,
eight points behind Tarquini, while Yvan Muller was victorious in Race 2
and stands third, one further point adrift.
Björk emerged as the fastest of the pack throughout the weekend and took
two lights-to-flag victories. In Race 1 he was followed by Esteban
Guerrieri in the Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic who muscled his way past
Frédéric Vervisch’s Comtoyou Racing Audi RS3 LMS that completed the
In Race 3, Tarquini was classified second ahead of Denis Dupont who
claimed his first podium result in another Comtoyou Racing Audi. The
Belgian team had a fantastic weekend with all its four drivers and
clinched two podiums and a number of placings in the points.
Muller won Race 2 in a similar fashion as Björk, sprinting ahead of Mehdi
Bennani who sat on pole of the reverse grid. The Moroccan drove his
Sébastien Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI to the second place ahead of
Some of the title contenders endured a difficult weekend. Norbert
Michelisz scored just 17 points, but is still fourth in the standings, 46
points behind; Yann Ehrlacher’s tally amounted to 6 points only, but the
most disappointed was Jean-Karl Vernay who remained scoreless.
Action resumes this weekend at Wuhan International Street
Circuit for rounds 22, 23 and 24.
Track time at Wuhan
Friday, 5 October - 13:00 (07:00 CET), Free Practice 1 (30
Friday, 5 October - 15.30 (09:30 CET), Free Practice 2 (30 min.)
Saturday, 6 October - 10:30 (04:30 CET), Qualifying 1 (40 min.)
Saturday, 6 October - 16:00 (10:00 CET), Race 1 (18 laps)
Sunday, 7 October - 09:00 (03:00 CET), Qualifying 2 (Q1 + Q2 + Q3)
Sunday, 7 October - 15:45 (09:45 CET), Race 2 (18 laps)
Sunday, 7 October - 17:05 (11:05 CET), Race 3 (21 laps)
Local time GMT +8